Break The Silence And Stigma
The human body is the aggregate of the mental and physical self; as grasped the meaning of mental from the society it turned out that it is used to describe the people who were titled maniacs and there was no in-between. All the accumulated emotions like envy, rejection, regret, exasperation, anxiety and depression just because of society’s whisper in our ears are forced to get tossed at the back and mouths to get shut. Fearful of societal rigidity, we all buried our emotions, feelings, and true authentic self under the mask of our social selves without realizing our personal existence.
One out of seven Indians between 15-24 years of age feel depressed and more than 700,000 people die due to suicide every year caged up with so much yet existing in silence. Why do they never speak about it then? Or they should have discussed that; many question marks are raised still not a single hand for them who screams every day for help.
Awareness of psychotherapy is as less as it is about mental health, psychotherapy is by using psychological methods, adding to personal interaction on a regular basis, to help the person change their behavior, increase happiness, and overcome day to day problems. Psychotherapy is a big taboo just like mental health it gets crushed under the unwanted prejudices offered by society. Making mental health issues an option for therapy to be visible with no preconceived notions is what can break this trail of generational trauma we have been carrying and the future generation will automatically get saved.
Ways to proceed towards breaking the stigmas are:
STEP 1: GET YOURSELF EDUCATED ABOUT THE TOPIC
Having correct information helps in to lay out proper material to break any pre-conditioned thoughts about the topic as mental health is a sensitive and serious topic that one should address with a great sense of awareness about the topic.
STEP 2: ACKNOWLEDGE THE STIGMA
Once you are aware of the topic one needs to develop a sense of understanding of how information is addressed viz. The information shouldn’t trigger any psychological sentiments + should be accessible in common sense ways to the audience.
STEP 3: AVOID FEEDING THE STEREOTYPES
If someone is promoting stereotypes related to mental health one should try to stay aware of his/her words while expressing what really is mental health all about.
STEP 4: SOMEONE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
If Someone around you shows some behavioural changes you can try to listen without advising in any way and empathizing with boundaries would help as you need to stay mindful that it is not your duty to treat the individual. options like therapy are what you can tell them as a suggestion.
STEP 5: TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
It gets hard sometimes to deal with such stigmas but the most important thing you can do in such situations is to take care of your own mental health, put boundaries, jot down your thoughts, and spend some time with yourself.